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                                                                                                                            March 4, 2018 • 3rd Sunday of Lent
  Our Catholic Faith l Abraham and Sarah Learn Faith (page 5) Have the children read this feature silently or aloud as a class. Then ask for volunteers to use the three illustrations to retell the story. Discuss the two questions as a class. Possible answers: God will always be with us; God will raise us to new life after we die; peace to our world; give us everlasting life; open-ended.
Catholic Faith Word l Mortal Sin (page 6) Though still serious and important, most sins are venial, which means they are a failure to love. They do not permanently damage one’s relationship with God. Conversely, mortal sin is extremely serious and deliberate. Make sure that the children understand the difference before you begin the Living the Gospel feature about the 5th Commandment. Breaking this commitment—you shall not kill—is a mortal sin.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The children will:
l Appreciate the value of keeping their part of the Ten
l Recognize that anger is not a sin but an emotion calling them to
make changes.
l Evaluate which of the Commandments may be most challenging.
Living the Gospel l You Shall Not Kill (pages 6–7) Read aloud the introduction to the activity on page 6. Have the children think of common situations in which they say each of
the three expressions in the balloons on page 6, and allow time for drawing or writing. Read through the opening text on page 7 and the four steps to making anger helpful, not hurtful. Read the directions for the choosing activity. Give the children time to make their choices. Then have partners apply the four steps to their choices. Have recent newspapers and magazines available for the children to find headlines and list them on page 7.
KidTalk l Which of the Ten Commandments is the most challenging one to keep? (page 8) You may wish to have the children review this section as a part of their discussion of the Think questions about the play (page 3). Have the children read the other students’ responses to the question. Ask whether they agree or disagree with the students’ responses and why.
Closing Prayer Have the children return to page 57 in their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Remind the children that the suffering Jesus endures was necessary for our salvation. Ask for volunteers to share a prayer of Thanksgiving to God.
Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities and prayer together.
 Lesson Wrap-Up
 November 12, 2017
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Answer the following questions based on the lesson.
1. In the Sunday Gospel, what do we learn from the foolish girls’ mistake?
2. What is their consequence for getting more oil?
3. Name two ways we can prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.
4. When do we pray psalms?
5. In the story “The Happy Dance,” why isn’t Juan prepared for the talent show?
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                    Name ________________________________________________ Choices That Honor Life
In the Fifth and Eighth Commandments, God calls us to honor all life from conception to natural death. This includes honoring others’ reputations. We should not say hurtful things about others, even if those things are true. These commandments also help us deal with anger, because our anger can sometimes harm others.
Activity 26
 Read the following list of actions. Mark a plus sign (+) next to the actions that respect life, and mark a minus sign (–) next to the actions that are disrespectful. Then write two more actions that show respect for life.
_______ Callingaclassmatenames
_______ Defendingyourselfifsomeoneistryingtoharmyouseriously
_______ Excludingsomeonejustbecausesomethingabouthimorherbothersyou _______ Hurtingsomeonewithinsults
_______ Mimickingasubstituteteacher’svoiceinfrontofyourfriends
_______ Pointingoutthethingsyoulikeaboutaclassmate
_______ Repeatingnegativethingsyouoverheardadultssayingabouteachother _______ Sincerelyapologizingifyouhavespreadgossip
_______ Supportinglawsthatmakesurecountriesobeytherulesofwar
_______ Supportinglawsthatprotectthelifeoftheunborn,elderly,andvulnerable _______ Teaching your little brother or sister how to calm down when they feel angry _______ Teasing your brother or sister
______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________
Commandments 5, 8: Honoring Life
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Use Activity #26 from the Venture Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.
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Unit 3: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him l
Take the children to church. Have them bring their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks along. Sit somewhere near the middle of the church and ask the children to tell you what they see. Eventually they will notice the Stations of the Cross.
Explain that following Jesus’ journey from Pontius Pilate’s headquarters to the Cross originally took place only in Jerusalem. People would travel to the Holy Land to walk this journey Now, most churches show this journey with statues or pictures.
Gather your group at the first station. Let one volunteer read the description of that station from the booklet. You may choose to have the children make a response, such as “Jesus, we follow you on your way of the Cross.”
Continue this way with all 14 stations. Some churches may have a 15th station showing the empty tomb or
the Resurrected Jesus. If yours does not, tell the children that part of the story. Lent is not an end in itself. It is a preparation to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection. If you wish
to make the prayer service longer, consider downloading prayers from the Passionist Missionaries (
Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Venture, page 5.
  With My Family and Friends
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